What are the benefits for SUNStudent users?
- Prospective students and parents: Easy and quick on-line application and registration processes
- Current students: Quick on-line annual registration process, from anywhere and at any time, as well as a smartphone app that facilitates access to information on the move
- Management: Automated management reports/dashboards with the click of a button
- Academic staff: real-time automated reporting
- Administrative staff: Quick input and processing functionality whilst having easy access to information and reports
What will change with the introduction of the new system?
SU has always managed its own hardware (servers) at the IT building. The new market trend is to make use of a Software as a service (SaaS) solution, which sees a third-party provider store data at an off-site datacentre and making it available to customers over the Internet.
A good example of such systems is Office 365, which is cloud based and is running on servers somewhere in the world.
What kinds of data will be migrated from the old system to SUNStudent?
Millions of SU records housed on the current student administration system will be migrated to SUNStudent.
The scope and vast size of the data housed in the current system are illustrated by the following:
- 1 206 217 personal records
- 727 766 student records
- 31 156 registrations per year
- 62 935 145 records of Grade 12 learners' school subjects
- 3 348 450 programmes and modules
- 364 395 residence records
Who will be involved in the SUNStudent project?
The successful implementation of SUNStudent will depend on the cooperation and support of staff and students, who will ultimately benefit from the new generation and student-centric information system. The project will include consultation sessions, regular communication and training of stakeholders across the University.